Bird steps down Coach to leave after three years

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SEV­ERN Stars head coach Sam Bird is leav­ing the club after three years. She joined the coach­ing team as as­sis­tant coach to Mo’onia Ger­rard and then took over as head coach in 2017.

The Club pro­gressed from eighth in its first year to sixth place in the last two sea­sons and Bird led Stars to two semi­fi­nal places in con­sec­u­tive years at the Bri­tish Fast5 All-stars Cham­pi­onships.

Bird said: “It has been a plea­sure to work with the team from the be­gin­ning and through three sea­sons.

“It has been very re­ward­ing to see players signed by the Club make im­prove­ments in their game play and un­der­stand­ing and be­ing pas­sion­ate about play­ing for Stars.”

Anita Navin, Co-di­rec­tor of Sev­ern Stars, and Head of the School of Sport and Ex­er­cise at the Uni­ver­sity of Glouces­ter­shire, said: “Sam has been in­te­gral to mak­ing the Club what it is to­day and we wish her ev­ery suc­cess in the fu­ture. We will be look­ing to make an an­nounce­ment about a new head coach in the com­ing weeks.”

Bird has a busy sum­mer ahead as head coach for Eng­land A, who will be play­ing a num­ber of the top in­ter­na­tional teams com­ing to this sum­mer’s Net­ball World Cup.

Her fi­nal game in charge ended with a 60-45 de­feat at home to a clin­i­cal top of the ta­ble Wasps side at the Uni­ver­sity of Worces­ter Arena.

In the early stages of the first quar­ter

Wasps took a 5-1 lead but shooter Ge­or­gia Rowe scored from a fan­tas­tic long feed from wing de­fence Ella-pow­ell Davies in the last 10 sec­onds of the quar­ter to end it with the score at 17-9.

Captain Maryka Holtzhause­n, at goal at­tack, suc­cess­fully took some spec­tac­u­lar long shots that helped the home side bring the score to back within five but Wasps stretched back out by half time to lead 33-23.

The third quar­ter was well fought and Holtzhause­n con­tin­ued the long range ef­forts and Stars won the quar­ter by four, tak­ing the score to 45-39.

In the fi­nal quar­ter, Wasps showed why they were top of the ta­ble, with clin­i­cal shoot­ing and a well drilled team, which en­abled them to ex­tend their lead.

Pic­ture: Rock­pool Photograph­y

Head coach Sam Bird is leav­ing Sev­ern Stars

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